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PINDAR
[Odes. English. Greene. 1778]
The Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian odes of Pindar, translated into English verse; with critical and explanatory remarks: to which are prefix'd observations on his life and writings; conjectures on the æra wherein the Grecian games concluded; and an ode to the genius of Pindar.
London: printed for James Dodsley by T. Spilsbury, 1778.
[4], xlv, [3], 104, [3], 106--446 p. ; 27.8 cm. (4º)

Translated by Edward Burnaby Greene, who signs the dedicatory 'Sonnet, Addressed To Mrs. Montagu; With The Following Versions Of Pindar' on the second preliminary leaf. Includes an English translation: 'Lamentation of Danaë Over her Son Perseus' of a poem by Simonides. The Soane copy as described above, like the British Library copy (shelfmark 75.f.4) is without the leaf paginated 444*-445* inserted after p. 444 recorded in ESTC. ESTC t148777.

Copy Notes This is presumably the copy bought from Thomas Boone on 5 February 1808 for 2s. 6d., with copies of 'Aldus Eurip[ide]s. 12mo. 2/' and 'Isocrates 2/6' which Soane evidently disposed of subsequently. (Spiers Box). With two plates bound in, not recorded in ESTC: bound as frontispiece, an unsigned plate of a vase depicting a headless statue of Pindar captioned: 'Complurium antiquitatum, ac frequentius præstantiorum perditor tempus certissimam Pindari Thebani ... effigiem ... solus statuæ pedestris truncus superfuit, in cujus basi legitur .... nomen [Greek: Pindaros], inter imagines virorum illustrum apud Fulvium Ursinum Tab CX. Museum Florentinum Vol 1. P. 96.'; bound at the end, an unsigned wreathed medallion and crest captioned: 'The crescent represents the Ark, or sacred History; Jupiter, or Seraphis inclos'd therein alludes to Heathen Mythology; and Pegasus is the well-known emblem of its vehicle Poetry. See Montfaucons Antiquit. Vol X. P. 219.'

Binding C19th calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt triple-ruled spine, black morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1132


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